Board of Directors
Chair - Madison
Matt Reetz received his B.S. in Biology with emphasis in Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution at the University of Illinois during which time he got his first taste of bird field work in the swamps of Southern Illinois. He then went on to receive his master's degree and PhD at the University of Florida where he worked on a variety of bird research projects in Australia, the Caribbean, Chile and the U.S. After graduating Matt worked as a Biologist for Florida’s state wildlife agency, served as a biology professor at a small Indiana College, and completed two postdocs with UW-Madison working on Sharp-tailed Grouse and California Spotted Owls. Volunteer experience with Wisconsin land trusts led him to pursue a career working with nonprofit organziations. He ended up combining the best of both worlds with a job at Madison Audubon Society.
Vice Chair - Madison
Kristine Euclide served as the Madison Gas and Electric Company (MGE) Foundation Director and the Vice President/General Counsel of MGE for 14 years. Kris has over 30 years of legal experience, with a focus on energy, environmental, and local government. From 1997 to 1999, Kris served as Executive Assistant to Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. She also has been active in many professional and civic activities at a state and local level. Married with two adult children, Kris and her husband, Doug, have been long-term supporters of efficient energy initiatives and the protection of natural resources. The couple received national, state, and local recognition in the late 1970s for building one of Wisconsin’s first solar-heated, highly energy-efficient homes.
Secretary - Eagan, MN
Mike has been active in applying GIS (geographic information systems) to natural resource and environmental problems for over 25 years. As an account manager for Esri for over 20 years, Mike has helped state and local governments use GIS to improve operations and solve challenges. While serving as Great Lakes Habitat Coordinator for Wisconsin DNR he served on the Habitat Committee of the Lake Superior Binational Program. Mike also worked in product management, sales, and software development for Allen-Bradley, Control Data and the Trane Co. Mike is a volunteer GIS consultant for the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. He developed maps and conducted GIS analysis for the site election process and for the management plan. In 2009 he received an Environmental Stewardship Award for this work from the St. Louis River Alliance. Mike has developed and deployed GIS-based visitor center interpretive kiosks for the National Park Service, National Forest Service, the Great Lakes Aquarium, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Mike was born and raised in Manitowoc, and educated in Wisconsin, earning a BS in computer science from UW-La Crosse, and two MS degrees (marketing and environment monitoring) from UW- Madison. Mike and his wife Anne have two college-age children.
Treasurer - Clintonville
Penny currently farms with her husband Bob in the north-east corner of Waupaca County, near Clintonville. They raise lamb sustainably, by rotational grazing of their flock of 300 commercial sheep on 80 acres of highly erodible land. Penny has been active in forest and farmland preservation since 2005, when she joined her town's planning committee to assist in writing their Comprehensive Land Use Plan. A short time later, she joined Waupaca County’s efforts to preserve agricultural land. She helped orchestrate Land Use Study Tours, which sent busloads of Wisconsin citizens and government officials to Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey, to learn about successful farmland preservation methods. When she returned from the tour, Penny helped form the Waupaca County Partners for Working Lands (WCPWL), a group of concerned citizens that advocate for farmland preservation. Bob and Penny have two grown children who have careers in medicine and live out of state.
Past Chair - Baileys Harbor
Roy served as president and CEO of WPPI Energy from 1992 to 2011. Before joining WPPI Energy, Roy was a partner in the Madison law firm of Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field, where he focused on administrative and utility law power supply negotiations, and energy policy. He is currently chair-elect and vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). He is also a member of the finance and endowment committees of the Door County Land Trust. In the past, Roy served as chair of the Board of Directors of Cool Choices, Inc., a Wisconsin non-profit that fosters voluntary reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and as president of the Ridges Nature Sanctuary in Door County, Wisconsin. He served as co-chair of Governor Doyle’s Task Force on Global Warming in 2007-2008 and is an active member of the Climate Change Coalition of Door County.
Board Member - Caledonia, MN
Carol is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy and the vice chair of the Land Trust Council. Carol has more than a decade of experience with non-profit management and donor relationship cultivation. She and her husband Bill own a sustainable farm in southeast Minnesota where they grow beef, pork, chicken and most of their own fruits and vegetables. They employ conservation practices on their farm including, wildlife enhancement projects, invasive species removal and a forest stand improvement program.
Her work experience also includes vice president and office manager for a family business serving the farming community, program manager for the beef industry and most recently director of development for the American Red Cross. Other experience and community involvement includes, the Minnesota Beef Council, Board of Directors, past 4-H club and project leader, Future Farmers of America (FFA) parent advisor, Future Leaders of America coach, and a church council member and deacon. She was named Minnesota CattleWoman of the Year in 2009 and Outstanding Agricultural Mentor (MN Agri-Women).
Board Member - Nashotah
Susan Buchanan is currently the Executive Director of Tall Pines Conservancy, an accredited land trust protecting farmland and water resources in and around lake country of Northwestern Waukesha County. Before joining Tall Pines in 2008, she served as Executive Director of WasteCap Wisconsin, a non-profit environmental organization that promotes waste reduction and recycling programs for businesses. Susan has ties to Waukesha County, having been the Executive Director for the Waukesha Business Improvement District for 7 years-an organization charged with revitalizing downtown. She is a licensed real estate broker, served on the Shorewood Plan Commission, and the board of directors for Town & Country RC&D. She is also active with “Friends of Farmland Protection,” advocating for farmland preservation initiatives in the State. She is chair of Gathering Waters' Land Trust Council. Susan and her husband own two farms, one on Washington Island and the other in Windsor, Connecticut.
Board Member - Milwaukee
Jeffrey A. Crawford has served the Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC) as an attorney since 1997, becoming Attorney General in 1999. Mr. Crawford served on the boards of Governor Doyle's Global Warming Task Force and the Menomonee Valley Partners. He is currently a board member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Gathering Waters. He is also President of the FCPC Renewable Generation LLC. He has been honored with the Milwaukee Business Journal's Best Corporate Counsel-Private Company Award and the National Tribal Environmental Council's (NTEC) Michael A. Frost Award for leadership in tribal environmental issues. Mr. Crawford received his undergraduate degree in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988. Crawford, a member of the Forest County Potawatomi tribe, is married and has three children.
Board Member - De Pere
Randall Lawton is the Board Chair of C.A. Lawton Co., a 137-year-old, family-owned industrial machinery and iron components manufacturing company, located in De Pere, Wisconsin, where he served as CEO for 35 years. Randall also serves as an active board member for numerous for profit and nonprofit organizations, including Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust, Community Partnership for Children, Bay Area Community Council, Libertas , NPS Corp, and ProSolutions.
Randall spends a great deal of his recreational time in nature. He respects and appreciates private and public conservation of our precious places, first in Wisconsin, then on Earth.
Board Member - Mequon
Pat has 50 years of diverse experience in the planning, design, construction, and management of major Public Works' organizations and facilities. His experience includes the top executive positions in both the public and private sectors. Highlights from Pat's career include, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Director of Public Works and Development for Milwaukee County, and senior Vice President with two nationally ranked environmental and transportation engineering firms. Since retiring from active professional employment, Pat has served in government as an elected official, and is currently actively involved in several environmental and conservation organizations.
Board Member - Racine
Eric Schumann is the former President and owner of Potala Corporation in Racine, and the past-president of Merit Gear, and FAI, Inc. Eric and his wife live on a horse farm in Caledonia, Wisconsin, where he serves as a board member of Caledonia Conservancy. Eric joined Gathering Waters' Board in 2008, and has served as the Treasurer. He is currently serving on both the Development and Finance Committees. Eric’s goal is to help create a successful continuation of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program before its legislative end in 2020. He believes the Program is of critical importance to Gathering Waters, land trusts, and every person who believes clean air and water is important now, and for future generations of Wisconsinites.
Board Member - Cross Plains
Kevin Thusius has worked for the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) since 2000. As Director of Land Conservation, he manages the Ice Age Trail Alliance's Lands Program. Kevin focuses on completing land transactions, easement acquisitions, and assisting partners with land protection efforts for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. He also manages the Alliance’s roughly 3,600 acres of land interests, including more than 70 easements and dozens of Alliance-owned preserves. Kevin leads the Alliance's vegetative management efforts and advocacy activities on issues like Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Kevin also assists with large-scale planning efforts led by IATA’s partner organizations. Kevin has served on the DNR’s Stewardship Advisory Council for many years and has been an active participant in helping to guide the administration of the program. He also currently serves as Vice-Chair of Gathering Waters’ Land Trust Council. Kevin lives in Wisconsin with his wife, Krista, and their two young children.
Board Member - Madison
Vanessa is an associate in Madison law firm where her practice focuses on environmental law issues. Prior to her current position, Vanessa was a law clerk at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. While in law school, Vanessa was a member of law review, and she interned at Clean Wisconsin. She was a summer associate at Earthjustice in Denver and the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago.